Can this zero level spell be used to colour something permanently black, such as a sword's blade? I know it can be used to soil something permanently.

What I'm trying to do is make a blade look black and pass it off as another sword that does have a black blade. I want to at least soil it so the blade looks blackened.


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Not really. The spell description says it can color things, then specifically says that this is a temporary effect. To use it to color something but say it's really "soiling" seems like stretching the rules.

Note that soiling doesn't go away automatically, but it's not really "permanent." This is an effect that Mage: The Awakening would call "lasting." The dirt sticks around after an hour, but you could still clean it mundanely.

If I were your GM, I'd let you "soil" it with soot, as if the blade had been held over a flame. It could pass as a black-colored blade, but the DC to notice would be much lower than if the blade were actually colored with stain or due to its substance. Additionally, any rubbing or cleaning would have a chance or revealing the deception.

Note that you could do this soiling mundanely and save the spell slot.


While the cantrip will not have a permanent effect, a permanency spell may be used to solidify the change for good but one must ask, is it worth the cost of this route to achieve the desired outcome?

By using mundane means and prestidigitation, and a decent bluff roll, you should be able to succeed in your goal. Role play for extra flavor.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Unless I am missing something, you can't use permanency on prestidigitation, since it's not one of the specifically named spells. Is there another means of permanency that will work on prestidigitation? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 4, 2014 at 2:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Apologies, other than home brew to allow all spells then as written, you are correct it is not listed. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tab
    Dec 4, 2014 at 2:35

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